Optus Sport has announced it has scored the exclusive live rights to transmit the top tier of English women’s football for the next three years in Australia.
After producing the most comprehensive coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup ever seen in Australia, Optus Sport has strengthened its investment in women’s football by streaming the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) from Sunday November 17.
The deal continues Optus’ commitment to elite top-level football and will see Optus Sport broadcast approximately 50 live matches a full season and around 40 fixtures of the underway 2019/20 season.
Fans can enjoy must-watch match highlight compilations on Optus Sport, including the popular mini matches, as well as games on-demand for up to 30 days after first transmission.
Tom Gracey, Senior Broadcast Manager at the FA said,
“We are delighted to partner with Optus Sport in a historic deal that will showcase the Barclays FA Women’s Super League to viewers across Australia.
“This is our first deal in the Asian region and demonstrates the ever-increasing global appeal of the league. We commend Optus for being at the vanguard of elevating and broadcasting more top-level women’s football.
“The popularity of women’s football is at an all-time high and this agreement is a fantastic opportunity for viewers across Australia to enjoy the skills, excitement and competitiveness that the Barclays FA Women’s Super League has to offer.”
Optus’ Head of TV and Content Corin Dimopoulos said Optus remained focussed on helping grow women’s football and inspire the next generation.
“We are proud to be Australia’s home of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and look forward to growing interest in and sharing the league with our expanding base of Optus Sport customers,”
Alicia Ferguson, former Matilda and Optus Sport Expert, added,
“It is really exciting Optus Sport has secured the rights. Optus Sport will not only be making more football available to Australian viewers, but importantly, increasing the visibility of women’s sport.”
The Barclays FA WSL joins a slate of premium football content on Optus Sport, including exclusively live coverage of every Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match and Optus Sport’s new in-house, live 90-minute football show, Scores on Sunday, hosted on rotation by Mel McLaughlin, Richard Bayliss and Niav Owens and featuring some of Australia’s best pundits including Heather Garriock, Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi and Alicia Ferguson.